Friday, October 10, 2008

Phishing attacks on the rise

More scammers are sending out emails posing as banks.  Someone's gotta keep making that money, right?  Anyway, if you get any kind of notice from any kind of bank that you think might be legit, there are two simple steps you can make to keep safe - delete the email, and log in through the bank's actual website.  Clicking links in emails is what will get you in trouble 99 percent of the time.

And just for fun, here's an anonymous slashdot comment, reproducted in its near entirety:


I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am ministry of the treasury of the republic of america. my country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars us. if you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with mr. phil gram, lobbyist for ubs, who will be my replacement as ministry of the treasury in january. as a senator, you may know him as the leader of the american banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. this transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. we need a blank check. we need the funds as quickly as possible. we cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. my family lawyer advised me that i should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, ira and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. after i receive that information, i will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours faithfully minister of treasury paulson

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